Musical tables Poems

Billy Collins

Book - 2022

""America's favorite poet" (the Wall Street Journal) has found a new form for his unique poetic style: the small poem. Here Collins writes about his trademark themes of nature, animals, poetry, mortality, absurdity, and love--all in a handful of lines. Neither Haiku nor limmerick, and certainly not a gimmick, the small poem pushes to an extreme poetry's famed power to condense emotional and conceptual content into small spaces. Taken together the more than 125 new poems ...of Musical Chairs show one of our greatest poets channeling his unique voice into a new phase of his luminous career"--

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2nd Floor New Shelf 811.54/Collins (NEW SHELF) Due Jun 20, 2023
New York : Random House [2022]
First edition
Physical Description
xxi, 141 pages ; 22 cm
Main Author
Billy Collins (author)
Review by Booklist Review

"I loved the suddenness of small poems," Collins writes, musing on his long fascination with this form which, unlike haiku, has no rules except the required brevity, preferably of the breathtaking kind. A former U.S. poet laureate whose collections, 12 in number, attain best-seller status, Collins excels in concision, bringing distilled levity, absurdity, tenderness, imagination, longing, ruefulness, and metaphysics to more than 125 short lyrics. Nature, love, curious juxtapositions, observations, questions, riffs, puns, and marveling are all at play in these funny, clever, poignant poems that range in setting and focus while sharing mischief and delight, irony and loss, contemplation and wisdom. Here, an entire lifetime of feelings, dreams, anguish, and improvisation is compressed into a half-dozen lines or less. The table of contents is the longest composition. Though quickly read, Collins' small but fully loaded poems ask to be reread; there's always more to discern. Here's the smallest of these small but potent poems (the titles are always crucial), "The Sociologist:" "I wandered lonely as a crowd." A "small" review would say: Not to be missed.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Library Journal Review

Amiable and gregarious, much-loved former U.S. Poet Laureate Collins takes a new tact in his latest collection, writing 125 short poems of a few lines each as he explores nature, poetry, mortality, absurdity, and love.

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